Dietzenbach (dpa) - According to the police in Dietzenbach in Hesse, around 50 men in the early morning probably lured emergency personnel into an ambush and threw stones at them.

According to police, garbage cans and an excavator were set on fire on a parking deck. When the alarmed forces arrived, the police and firefighters were attacked. "We assume that the fires were only set to attract the emergency services," said a spokesman for the German Press Agency. According to police, the group was already waiting with piles of stones when the officers arrived.

The argument lasted about two hours. According to the police, three men were temporarily arrested. Two of them had disrupted the operation and had not followed orders, the third was a presumed stone thrower. A helicopter was also in use during the conflict.

To the best of our knowledge, no one was injured. According to the police, the property damage amounts to at least 150,000 euros. Emergency vehicles were also damaged. Further details and backgrounds were initially unclear - for example, whether and which political camp the group could be assigned to, it was said. There had been no evidence of the incident before.

It was only on Thursday that the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) reported a new increase in violence against police officers in Germany. According to the federal situation report on violence against police officers, 36 126 cases were registered last year. That was around 3,000 cases - or even 8.6 percent - more than in 2018. For example, emergency personnel are thrown at with firecrackers or attacked with iron bars. The number of police officers who were victims of attacks also increased. In 2019 there were 69,466 officials. Compared to 2018 (65,896 victims), an increase of 5.4 percent was registered.

In Hesse, police officers, firefighters and paramedics are increasingly exposed to physical violence. From a purely statistical point of view, there were five to six attacks on police officers per day in 2019 alone. A total of 2052 such acts of violence were recorded, as can be seen from the response of the Hessian Ministry of the Interior to a state parliament request from AfD MPs Dirk Gaw and Klaus Herrmann in April.